Niches just got niche-r
This year on Reddit, there were 12 billion upvotes across nine million comments. Siphoning all of that data into interesting stats, Reddit has just released its official best of 2017 list – which includes its most upvoted posts of the year – but far more interesting are the most subscribed new subreddits of 2017, which have created distinct new communities amid all the noise. Because number 10 is dedicated to a weird mobile game, we’ll skip that one and head straight on to the top nine:
Description: “We are a community designed to connect individuals who oppose the destructive policies and ideas of President Donald J. Trump. Our mission is to facilitate positive discussion.”
Best post: It’s hard to single out one post among the swarm of specific anti-Trump put-downs, but this subreddit’s spirit is best summed up by a picture of Trump captioned: “This is my President, Donald John Trump. He sold me, my fellow Americans, and this country to Russia for his own ego and ambition.”
Description: “No one explained it better than /u/GayFesh : ”When you think you’ve killed a boss in a video game but then it starts a new phase with another health bar.'”
Best post: If you find that description confusing, think of 2 Health Bars – possibly the most ‘internet’ of subreddits – as being all about miniature things inside of other things, or doppelgängers suddenly appearing out of nowhere. This piglet GIF, for example, got nearly 22,000 upvotes:
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Description: “The subreddit to distill useful information and have discussion on how to best resist the Trump administration and those who enable it. Note well: this is not intended to be just another Anti-Trump circle-jerk. While this rule isn’t absolute, please try to focus your energy on productive action. Also, feel free to add and suggest content.”
Best post: A lot of the posts share information about terrible, underreported things that Trump’s administration is doing. One of the most proactive and widely shared was one that read: “Trump says: “We have to start winning wars again.” // NO – How about we not have any wars at all? This administration seems to be ramping up to get us into a war somewhere. Call your representative and tell them WE DON’T WANT ANOTHER WAR.”
Description: “Every post must attempt to teach something, either to the viewer or to other subjects in the content.”
Best post: This long GIF from Gordon Ramsay’s documentary on cocaine, which shows how coca leaves are treated with cement powder, sulphuric acid, gasoline and battery acid to create recreational coke. It received 24,400 upvotes.
Description: There isn’t one, because it’s pretty self-explanatory: here you’ll find pictures and videos of real-life stuff that resembles Wes Anderson’s iconic visual style.
Best post: The highest rated yet is of this group of Antarctic skiers, which received nearly 30,000 upvotes. Honorary mention goes to this shot of ice-skaters. See more examples below:
Description: “For every Trump action there is a Trump tweet criticizing that action.”
Best post: This tweet defending Net Neutrality – which Trump has just killed:
Description: “It’s like SkyMall but for Reddit.” (SkyMall is known for whimsical, novelty items.)
Best post: This beautiful clock-clock.
Description: “This subreddit is dedicated to the obscure details and easter eggs found in movies.”
Best post: On Home Alone: “When Kevin goes through Buzz’s things, he finds a picture of his girlfriend. He says ‘woof,’ implying that she’s a dog. Director, Chris Columbus, thought it would be too mean to ask a real young girl to be in the photograph so he asked the film’s art director to have his son dress up as a girl.” Trivia fans will love this subreddit.